DALLAS, Tx - Orville Rogers has been a runner for the last 50 years, and he wasn’t going to change that on his 100th birthday. He and his family ran a combined 100 miles-- to celebrate every year of the patriarch’s life.
Rogers has had quite the journey, serving in World War II, running marathons, and even writing a book about his life and secrets to success. He was also recently honored with the Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award.
However, it’s his four kids, 14 grandkids, and 11 great grandkids that are his true legacy.
“Oh my, it's overwhelming," he told FOX 4, "I'm so grateful, God has been so good to me, especially with family members."
And it’s the love and support of his family that keeps him going.
”I would hate to be bedridden in my last years, not being able to be up and active and enjoying my family, enjoying life,” said Rogers.
Thirty-three family members -- spanning four generations-- all took on the final mile together.
“We're just amazed. I guess we shouldn't be amazed because he lives every day the same and so why not 100? Why not 110?” said his daughter Susan Rogers Eveland.
Watch the video to see Orville and his family’s birthday run.